Working Conditions and Long-term Sickness Absence Due to Mental Disorders: A Prospective Record Linkage Cohort Study Among 19- to 39-year-old Female Municipal Employees

Noora Heinonen, Tea Lallukka, Jouni Lahti, Pietiläinen Olli, Hilla Nordquist, Minna Mänty, Anu Katainen, Anne Kouvonen

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Abstract

Objective:
We examined associations between working conditions and sickness absence due to mental disorders (LTSA-MD) among younger female public sector employees from different employment sectors.

Methods:
Survey data collected in 2017 (n = 3,048) among 19–39-year-old female employees of the City of Helsinki, Finland, were used to examine job demands, job control, physical workload, computer work, and covariates. Register data on LTSA-MD were used over 1-year follow-up. Negative binomial regression models were applied.

Results:
Adverse psychosocial and physical working conditions were associated with higher LTSA-MD during the follow-up. Health and social care workers had the highest number of days of LTSA-MD.

Conclusion:
Working conditions are important factors when aiming to prevent LTSA-MD among younger employees, in the health and social care sector in particular.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
Early online date28 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 28 Oct 2021

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